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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Job Interview Investigation 2

I applied for a Seamstress position on craigslist.org posted by TenFab Design Company. I was hoping they'd contact me ASAP because I spent more than 30 minutes of my time filling out a questionnaire assessment. It ate up my time & energy.

Thankfully, they invited me to a job interview, so I was happy about it, but at the same time, I had to be prepared for the worst.

I've arrived at the place of potential employment about 15 minutes before the interview process began. I was told by a sewing manager to fill out an employment application & then to go to the interview room with another manager from design & product department. After that, I would have to perform sewing test.

During the interview, I presented myself well & answered all questions about my past experience & sewing skills. The manager then explained all aspects of their company & what kind of services & products they were selling to companies & small businesses who wanted good image & brand name presentations with TenFab products. When the interview was over, they showed me around the place. It looked like a warehouse, but it was bright & neat.

They guided me toward a huge sewing room. There were sewing machines, large tables, an office, other tables for lunch break, & a lot of materials & unfinished products. It reminded me of sewing classes.

They introduced me to a sewing assistant manager who would work with me to test my sewing skills.
To be honest with you, as soon as I let them know that I was hard of hearing, they have immediately become nonchalant & arrogant toward me. They seemed as though they were trying so hard to be polite, but I could see the "oh, great. I'm wasting my time with this deaf girl" annoyance in their eyes. I also got the vibe that their work environment wasn't even people friendly, but what did I expect?
I put my thoughts aside as I proceeded to sew four samples using different stitching machine types for each one of them. I spent about an hour finishing all the samples. I believed I did an excellent job on the test.

When it was all over, the assistant told me they'd call me on Monday, which was four days from that day, to let me know whether I'd be qualified for this job or not. When they asked me if I had any questions, I took this opportunity to ask them how many people they were looking to hire for the same position I've applied for. They said they were looking for only four people. I just thought I might have a good chance because I've done everything really well in the interview process.
We made a small talk as the manager walked me to the exit door.

As the Monday went by, I did not hear from them, & I was thinking maybe they'd email me the next day. They still didn't. It had been one week since the interview, so I followed up with them by email. It took them a day & half to reply. They apologized for the delay & said that while my skills & experience were revelant to the seamstress position, they had decided to go ahead with other candidates.

What was that supposed to mean? Between the line, my skills & sewing experience were perfect for the job, but they'd rather go with the ones that can hear. I'm more than sure that they are hiring some people right out of college. Yep, I've met my former classmates (hearing, of course) who got a sewing job in management just after college.

My impression is that if I hadn't contacted them, they probably wouldn't have emailed me at all. Why did it take them a while to respond after I followed up with them? Was it because they could buy themselves some time to figure out what to say to me?

Before they met me or knew I was Deaf, they were very quick to respond to every message I sent them. So, it gave me a familiar suspicious feeling about those people.

They were looking for four people to fill in the position, & I wasn't chosen even when I passed the test? Not only did I pass the test, but I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design with 3.75 GPA. Additionally, I am still in sewing alterations (as a freelance seamstress) for four years since graduation, & yet I wasn't qualified for this job?

[Crickets]

I remember some people making a comment concerning reasons why most Deaf people are having a hard time to find a job: "Maybe it's not your deafness, it's you."

When you go to countless job interviews & you keep being denied for the job that you definitely could do, do you ever think it's you they have a problem with, or is it just because you're Deaf?
I know it's my hearing loss that TenFab employers can't handle. I am perfectly, fully aware of who I am & how I interact with people, so there's nothing wrong with me. I have been to four different job interviews for a sewing position, & yet I don't get a call back at all. This job clearly don't require hearing or even speaking, so, what's the deal with fashion industries & their issues with hearing disability?

Oh, wait. [Face palm!] That's right! It's not my deafness, it's just me.
[Chuckles] Gimme a break...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Job Interview Investigation

I took about 15 minutes to fill out a job application on Noodles & Company's website for a Guest Service Team position. They didn't need someone with a lot of experience, so it was good for me.
Three days later, I got an email from the Noodles & Co. manager, asking me to come in for an interview. I gave them a day & time that were available for me.

A few days later...

When I was at the Noodles & Co. for the interview, I didn't have any interpreter with me. So, they had no idea that I was Deaf until I got there to tell them that. After letting the team know that I was there for a job interview, the manager came out from the back of the restaurant to see me. Then he motioned for me to sit at the table, so we could discuss the position I applied for.

He was young & seemed nice. That was all I could say about him. When I told him about my deafness, he seemed like he was okay with that. Maybe, I caught him off-guard, but who knows?
The funny thing was, I was really prepared & knew exactly what to answer when he would ask questions, even the tough ones. Unfortunately, things were not what I expected when he asked me if I was a student, & I told him no. When he asked me if I preferred to work in the back as a Dishwasher or in the front as a Server, I said either one of those. I was confused & wondered, "What about Guest Service Team? Didn't he read my job application with an attached resume?"

He showed me the file, pointing at the email address that I didn't recognize & asking me if I was still using it. I noticed something wasn't quite right about those papers, & then I saw the name on them that did not belong to me. I realized that he actually thought I was someone else he was interviewing.
I said, "Wait a minute, that's not my name." I took a copy of my resume out of my attaché & showed him my real name.

I couldn't believe that he really wasted my time. What kind of manager was he? I think he was actually more embarrassed than I was. Actually, I was amused by it.

I wasn't sure if he really was expecting someone else, or he just grabbed the wrong file. Whatever it might be, he knew exactly who I was when he emailed me for the job I applied for. With his face as red as a beet, he was asking me questions as he was looking at my resume. I could tell he was a little awkward & unprepared.

It had been for a short while until he told me he had a few people to interview & that he'd email me to let me know about their decision as soon as possible.

We shook our hands, & that was it.

Now, I'm still waiting to hear back from him... or maybe not.

It was absolutely the weirdest, worst job interview I ever had in my entire life. I wish I had just ditched it.

It is apparent that Noodles & Co. is hiring people, especially young students with a little or no experience & immigrates. I have much higher qualifications than theirs, & I believe they'd choose them over someone who's Deaf for this job.

I asked myself, how come some idiots could have a good job while so many of us end up with a crappy job or no job at all? It was a nightmare! Aargh!

In case anyone wants to know how we communicated, he asked me questions through writing as I requested, & I answered using my voice. I'm wearing both hearing aids, but they weren't enough for me to completely understand everything he said. Also, I couldn't read his lips well because he spoke so softly.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for another job interview investigation 2 in the next blog!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Deaf Medical Student Denied an Interpreter by Medical School

A Deaf student, Michael Argenyi, was denied an interpreter by medical school for clinical trainings. Although, he has lip-reading skills & does not know sign language, he could not understand what his patients were saying. His university officials did not allow him to rely on an interpreter because patients wouldn't be comfortable to tell a doctor about their health issues while a third party is presented. They stated that Michael Argenyi was capable of communicating well without an interpreter.

The university did not provide him with enough accommodations for his clinical classes. He had to spend over $100,000 on his interpreter in two years as a medical student. For this reason, he sued the university for violating ADA, which requires universities & colleges to accommodate students with disabilities.

To read more about his case, please go to this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/us/deaf-student-denied-interpreter-by-medical-school-draws-focus-of-advocates.html?_r=0

My question is, is it possible for a Deaf doctor to be with an interpreter at all times to communicate with hearing patients?

It is possible, but there are some reasons why it is really hard to become a doctor. First of all, it costs hospitals a lot of money to hire an interpreter for daily doctor-patient interaction. Secondly, most patients hate the idea of having someone else as a third party. As they say, third is a crowd. Thirdly, it is harder for a Deaf person who wants to be a doctor to get accepted by a medical school.
According to my research, there are quite a few doctors that are deaf in USA, and they said that being deaf & a doctor were a lot more difficult than they realized. But they made it, didn't they?
Every time I requested an interpreter from the hospital, they treated me like an a**hole. So, I definitely need more Deaf doctors, so I'd feel more comfortable to communicate with the doctor in ASL privately.

I think it would be awesome if you could be a doctor who runs their own office for deaf patients near Deaf school or Gallaudet university as long as you know ASL. I read somewhere that average of Deaf people don't always go to the doctor because they can't afford health care. Medicaid is being cut down due to economic crisis.

It would be a great medical field for Deaf people who are very intelligent & truly passionate about helping people get better. Also, they should be able to handle enormous amount of stresses & challenges as a Deaf doctor. If they can deal with those things, then why not?
What are your thoughts on this topic?

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